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The Advantages of Switching from 2D to 3D CAD Workflows for Sheet Metal Fabricators

 

For decades, 2D drawings have been successful in communicating design intent. The fabrication industry has evolved rapidly and even though 3D metal fabrication models are available, the sheet metal fabrication drawings are still being created in two-dimensional geometry. The reasons why designers have been steadfast in their use of 2D models for so long is because they’ve been working with 2D geometry for a long time, have a lot of experience with it and it has become their comfort zone.

However, the fabrication industry is transitioning to 3D CAD Workflows from 2D. So, what is the reason fabricators are getting out of the comfort zones? What are the benefits provided by this new age technology?

Advantages of 3D Sheet Metal Design

Even the smallest sheet metal fabrication design can benefit greatly from the transition from 2D to 3D metal fabrication. By utilising 3D CAD workflows for sheet metal fabrication drawing, fabricators can compete more effectively in modern industry. Sheet metal 3D models are a collection of data that can be used throughout the product development lifecycle.

What is the importance of 3D sheet metal fabrication drawings?

1. Improve Your Design

Designing in 3D sheet metal design allows for greater accuracy, enhanced quality, reduced rework, and greater flexibility, thereby demonstrating precise design intent. This 3D workflow method improves overall workmanship quality while reducing scrap. Engineers can quickly create a promising sheet metal model and identify bottlenecks in designs at an early stage. The enhanced awareness of the design intent also helps the engineering team to convey the design intent to non-technical workers more easily. This is especially beneficial when it comes to securing client contracts. Sending a 3D model along with a quote to the client ensures that both parties are on the same page about what is expected.

2. Enhanced Collaboration

The 3D approach facilitates communication between contractors, project managers, designers, fabricators, and builders, allowing for better revision and adjustment. Any design change made in the model is immediately mirrored in 2D drafts, thanks to the parametric capabilities of 3D CAD software. This reduces product communication discrepancies, saves a lot of time, energy and cost and gives you more control over design versions.

3. Creating More Effective Marketing Models

3D models are suitable for designing and manufacture as well as for commercialization. CAD provides high-definition images of sheet metal products with the integrated in-built tools. These images can be used in brochures, catalogues and sales & purchase communications. 

4. Adaptive Product Design Automation

With the adoption of 3D workflows, there are a plethora of possibilities. With implementation of design automation with 3D CAD models, productivity can be greatly improved. It is possible to automatically generate client-specific 3D product modelling, drawings and documentation for manufacturers who are engaged in developing configurable products, such as doors, windows, cabinets, conveyor systems, etc. Automation companies have seen lead times cut by more than 50 percent and competitively differentiate themselves with the quick and efficient delivery of custom products to customers.

You IMAGINE it, and We’ll DESIGN it

Designs created with 2D drawings contain the basic components and interpretation required for manufacturing, but the interpretation of those drawings leaves room for error and usually requires a slower quoting pace. Obtaining a 3D CAD file for your design has increasingly become the industry gold standard. Most businesses that have a backlog of 2D files have a timeframe for converting those files to 3D. Noticeably, when a specific part is already scheduled to be manufactured, this conversion process can take place as part of the normal workflow. The advantages of a 3D workflow are far greater than training issues, increased investment and resilience to change.

INDOVANCE Inc matches all structural and architectural requirements of your MEP and BIM applications. We value our customers and strive with a high degree of effectiveness to meet all their project needs. With almost two decades of experience behind our back and using the latest 3D CAD software and tools, we have been providing unrivaled quality service for creating structural shop drawings, steel shop drawings, and sheet-metal drawings.

For more queries regarding any of the above-mentioned topics, feel free to connect with us on our website www.indovance.com or contact us on +1-919-238-4044.

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